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“Waiting For The Flood” by Alexis Hall
This is quite possibly that hardest question to answer. I’ve loved so many books this year, and I don’t really like to call any one out as a favorite because I’ve read few that were really superb, and elevated themselves above all others. Each book I loved, I loved for many different reasons. Writing, story telling, characters… the list goes on. If I have to choose just one, I’m going with the book I found the most romantic. Not that the other books were not that, but this one was so romantic, filled me with such promise of happiness and love, that I still think about it so many months later. It moved me in ways that I hope to be moved again. This book owns me and my heart.
(Why haven’t more people read this?):
Transmundo: Escape by Varian Krylov
Sheri got me to read this book and I could not be more thankful. I’ve not really heard anyone talk about it, or talk about the sequel that I hope will come out before I forget everything I read before. This book did wow me. It isn’t perfect, not at all. But there is something in the writing, the lyrical way that the words flowed on the page. I couldn’t even write a proper review when I finished, and I still haven’t. I just loved it and really with more people read it and saw what I did in those pages.
(What’s all the fuss about?):
Hate F*@k: Part One by Ainsley Booth
Honestly, I don’t pay all that much attention to this kind of thing. Thinking back over the year, remembering anything that fits this category for me? I can remember one that I read and just didn’t get it. I kept asking myself what the big deal was. I liked parts of it, but I was not sold. It is 100% predictable, down to what the characters will say. It was like I had precognition or something. I expected a book that was getting that much talk was going to really wow me, and it didn’t. So much so, I’ve not even given thought to finishing the series. I just don’t care enough.
(didn’t know what to expect or the story caught you off guard or anything that just…surprised you…):
Craving’s Creek by Mel Bossa
This book blew me away. I have a hard time reading books with priests. I have an allergy to them, or something. Really I guess I have an allergy to the Church. And while there are moments early on in the book that made me cringe… moments when Alistair prays and I wanted to give up and walk away… I stuck with it. I’m so glad I did. This book was awesome! I think I loved it all the more because I had to work for it. Nothing was easy in reading it. A few times the story hits really close to home. There’s hurt, tenderness, and all the feelings. It really did surprise me.
(I’d buy anything these authors write, without a doubt):
Jack L. Pyke
I think I can say that I had a good time reading this past year. I also had more book funks than every before. Or, book hangovers. The hangover I had after reading Waiting for the Flood was epic. I was a total mess after that. The same goes for Sutphin Boulevard, Sunset Park, Lonely Hearts, Crash & Burn, Badger, and The Rifter Series, and so many more. Wow… I read some really fantastic books in 2015! In between all those fantastic books, I read a lot of meh. Some of those meh books were good, for the most part. And you know what? That’s okay. I enjoy reading so much, I’m not all that disappointed when a book does not live up to my expectations. Sometimes that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. I loved reading new authors work, new to me authors, old hat authors… all the authors!
Opinions are a funny thing, aren’t they? Reviewing for the blog, has been a fun experience. Sharing my thoughts and opinions on books is kind of strange in a way. I mean, who am I to tell anyone to read a book. I know I’ve read a whole hell of of lot of them, but everyone is not going to feel the same as I do. I guess that’s part of what is fun about it. I’ve liked seeing reader reaction to all the books I’ve read, and working out how they felt differently than I might have. I do love a good book debate!
Some of my best times of the year were buddy with my friends, and people I’ve come to care for quite a lot. I’ve met incredible people, on line and in person. I’ve seen some wonderful things happen. I’ve tried to stay away from all the crap that has gone on… well as much as I could. I don’t want drama in the genre to ruin my reading experience. I hope in the new year we all find tolerance, community, love and friendship. And of course, more books. Lots and lots of books. I’m here for the books, people. All the books.